I'm thinking of giving up my allotment. Why? Because I don't seem to have enough time to go there much these days, what with the weather, other commitments, erratic health and just generally not having enough time to do things. So when I do get round to going there, I'm working so hard to catch up with myself it ceases to be a pleasure and becomes a chore. Produce rots on the plant because I've not been there to pick it or I miss the seed sowing window for that particular crop, or the place gets overgrown with weeds. I keep saying to myself "One more year....." One more year to see if I can get the plot to the place I actually want it to be, rather than the rather untidy, less than optimally productive place it is at present. It's not happened yet, not in three or four years of "One more year...."
I do have a garden. It's not big, but I have three apple trees and a pear tree, a small greenhouse, a paved area and enough space that I could put three or four beds in and grow vegetables and soft fruit there. At the moment it's completely neglected because I spend my meagre gardening time at the allotment. The kids don't use it much these days either. It's got potential.
It would be sensible to give up the allotment and spend the time I do have down in the garden, growing less but having more fun doing it, don't you think? It would be easier to spend odd half hours in the garden rather than schedule two or three hours at a time for the allotment. But....I'm very loathe to give up the allotment. I've put a lot of time and effort into it, I've got a lot of good plants, I've spent a lot of happy hours there and it's a bolt-hole, a theraputic place for me to go. My place. But really, it's all getting a bit too much for me. Once upon a time I could spend a day there and come home knackered but happy. Now, two hours of work wipes me out for the next three days.
The reason I'm thinking of this now is that the AGM is coming up and that means the annual rent, seed and potato orders plus mushroom compost orders are due. It all adds up to a fair bit of money, which would be wasted if I gave the allotment up in January, say. But I'm still thinking "Should I give it just one more year????"
PS. in response to the first two comments: No, sharing is not an option, both from the rules point of view and my own very selfish lone wolf owner methods, lol. (My allotment is run on somewhat eccentric lines...) The waiting list for an allotment here is nine years long, btw, and priority goes to local residents.